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Just got a 2002 bmw 1200 and I can't start it......kick stand up, clutch in, Key in on position, battery power.....what am I missing

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Bypass the safety starter interlocks and try it then.

Posted on Jul 27, 2018


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SOURCE: starter won't turn over,I shorted

That wire may be coming from a relay so you may need a service manual to find which one it is.
BTW, to save frying all of your screwdrivers, applying 12 volts for a moment to the terminal with the smaller gauge wire will cause the solenoid to operate as it was designed. Shorting across the main solenoid terminals lets ~ 100-200 amps flow through your screwdriver which isn't even a very good conductor.
Even a light clip lead to the coil terminal of the solenoid could handle the lower current that flows there.
For purposes of doing several different engine tasks, I made up a momentary pushbutton switch contraption housed in a plastic film canister, put 6' wires and heavy clips on it so I could 'jiggle' an engine into the next cycle.    

Posted on Oct 12, 2008



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SOURCE: Won't start!

It was as simple as a fuse. The high beam fuse is tied into the starter! Thanks for all of the suggestion!

Posted on Jan 04, 2009


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SOURCE: Triumph Daytona 675

So I just had this exact problem about an hour ago. I wondered about the starter, crankshaft, etc. but discarded them for the simplest explanation: battery.
I'm sure you've all noticed how absurdly easy it is to mistakenly miss the steering lock and put the parking lights on. Odds are you may have done this without realizing (I must've even if I don't remember). Jumper cables are the answer.
If you've never jumped a bike, here's the skinny: 1) Make sure the car you're jumping from is, and remains, off. 2) Connect the cables as normal; black to black, red to red. 3) Let the bike sit for a minute then start her up. 4) If you can, take her for a ride to get the charge back up.
If this doesn't work, then you may very well have more serious issues. Hope this helps, ride safe!

Posted on Jun 09, 2009


Arnie Burke

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SOURCE: Engine cuts out with clutch engaged.

is your bjke water cooled could have aproblem with that-its gettin hot-if air cooled carb may neede cleaning. the clutch is ok but indicates to me that that carb needs a low speed jet adjust also-do u have a clymer manual!!

Posted on Aug 04, 2009


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SOURCE: battery installation on bmw r 1200 c

Posted on Aug 11, 2009

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